Multi-Generational Workforce Requires New Management Strategies to Attract and Engage Top Talent

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The influx of the Millennial generation into the workplace causes organizational leaders to redefine their approach to managing an increasingly diverse and constantly evolving workforce. To help organizations prepare for the changes and challenges caused by the multi-generational workplace, Next Step--the go-to consulting partner for company growth--now offers a suite of new consulting and professional development programs for Management, Sales and HR functions.

The influx of the Millennial generation into the workplace causes organizational leaders to redefine their approach to managing an increasingly diverse and constantly evolving workforce. 75 Million 'Millennials' are preparing to join or joining the workforce in the U.S. alone*. How can organizations reach this group and integrate their collaborative, technology-inspired work styles into the existing workflow? On the other hand, nearly 80% of workers between the ages 44 - 64 intend to keep working beyond age 65**. How can their strength and experience best be leveraged?

To help organizations prepare for the changes and challenges caused by the multi-generational workplace, Next Step--the go-to consulting partner for company growth--now offers a suite of new consulting and professional development programs for Management, Sales and HR functions.

Millennials, together with the other generations at work called 'Traditionalists', 'Baby Boomers' and 'Gen Xers', comprise the workforce of the future, which spans 60 years in age. Each of these generations bring different work styles, skills and demands into the organization, thus raising questions about how to best recruit, retain and manage across generations. To address the changing needs of the evolving workplace, Next Step recently completed research into the patterns, behaviors and styles of each of the generations and has corroborated their findings with those of key third-party organizations.

The combined results of this research and years of organizational development experience are the basis of the new set of offerings. "Next Step's programs help companies leverage the strengths of each generation internally with employees and externally with customers," says Jennifer Vessels, CEO of Next Step. "Our workshops are designed specifically to address the learning styles of the youngest generation, enabling them to better integrate into the organization and work with customers and partners of all generations." As part of Next Step's comprehensive 'Workforce of the Future' program, the company offers consulting services, on-boarding programs and hands-on workshops for Millennial new hires, managers, human resource professionals and sales people selling across different generations.

Most recently, Next Step publicized a summary of its research results, including a survey on the 'Workforce of the Future' launched earlier this year that built the foundation of these new services. The findings highlight the differences in work styles and requirements for engagement across the four generations at work. They stress the need for organizations to recognize and address these differences in order to avoid negative effects on employee engagement, productivity and turnover rates. Overall, style and mode of communications was identified as the greatest challenge and opportunity for improvement within organizations across all industries. The complete summary, which also includes best practice examples for managing and engaging across generations, is available for download from the company website at http://www.nextstepgrowth.com/workforce_summary.

About Next Step
Next Step is the go-to consulting partner with the resources and experience to take companies to their next step of growth. Next Step has an established track record of maximizing results for companies that are launching-to-market, diversifying or globalizing their business and sustaining long-term profitability. Its broad team of specialized professionals delivers integrated consulting and training services and takes full accountability for clients' results. Since founding in 1998, Next Step has helped improve the performance of Fortune 100 companies in technology and life sciences as well as small to medium size businesses and non-profit organizations. For a complete list of clients and industry expertise visit http://www.nextstepgrowth.com .    

*Source: About.com
** Source: Associated Content

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